California Dreaming: Hot Springs

We had no plan. No escape in case everything fell apart. We had no place to lay our heads at night and no idea where we were headed next. We found an oasis in the desert, a dog wearing shoes and seals bathing in the sunset. From Vegas to California, it was the best time of my life.


Agua Caliente County Park


  • Cabin options available but there are no beds in the cabins.
  • Most people drive their RV’s and take over a spot with electric and water hook/ups.
  • We enjoyed primitive camping for just $10 per night.
  • Very clean bathrooms and showers (the showers are paid for with quarters)


  • Hiking
    • Moonlight Trail requires some rock climbing but the dessert canyon leads you into a secret jungle oasis ~ 2 miles.
  • Pools fed by natural faultline springs (additional $5 per person, per day).


Political Rant 2

The Western Media Propaganda Cocktail

Everyone is talking about the attacks in France, and understandably so. What I don’t understand is how people can go on rants about upholding freedom of speech and yet still not question the standard of our news anchors and reporters. Media_Propaganda_by_Trosious

Western news media, especially in the U.S., is filled with non-stop propaganda, lies, stretches, and seems to be a breeding ground for nothing but ignorance and idiocy. There are vast, gaping holes in the news, and I have seen it myself while in Cairo during the 2013 overthrow of a corrupt president.

*Note that a majority of this information is not getting any coverage by Western media outlets.

– Seeing people support the victims of this attack is great and all, but what about the thousands killed in #BokoHaram in month of January alone?

– Where are the 274 girls kidnaped last year that everyone seemed to care about, including Michelle Obama with the #BringBackOurGirls message?

– What about the many beheadings that are carried out by the Saudi government, of which far surpass the crimes committed by Isis (78 in 2014, 87 in 2013)?

By Arend Van Dam
By Arend Van Dam

-Why is that number not reported in any mainstream media outlet in the U.S., but is found in various articles from an array of news sites based abroad?

– Isn’t it a bit odd that just as France was beginning to consider recognizing Palestine as an independent country, that there is an attack supposedly carried about by followers of Islam?

– How did these expert attackers so conveniently leave their IDs in the getaway car? Was this attack a false flag?

Want to make people think you give a shit about freedom of speech?

Start asking the right questions. Stop watching CNN. Stop believing everything they are telling you. Remember that it’s not about what you post on Facebook. What matters is the questions you pose, what you read and choose to believe, and how you show you care in your everyday life.

How many false flags have been carried out by the US in the last 70 years?

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Here are just a few examples



2001 Anthrax Attack Carried out by FBI

Soldiers told to “drop weapons” on victims in Afghanistan

Israel throwing stones with intentions to blame Palestine

Proyecto Luis de Lión fundraiser


Luis de Lion was a professor and “outspoken” activist in Guatemala during a time of intense political corruption such as the genocide of indigenous people by the government. In the 80’s Lion disappeared leaving behind his wife, children and many students that found him to be an inspiration. Continue reading “Proyecto Luis de Lión fundraiser”

What happened in the 2013 Egyptain Coup?

President Morsi was overthrown by the people, not the military

3When I arrived in Cairo, there were people gathered in the streets with signs calling for a peaceful protest to take place on June 30. I watched the progression of the grassroots campaign, “Tamarod” or “Rebel” in Arabic. Continue reading “What happened in the 2013 Egyptain Coup?”

Thoughts from The Square: July 10, 2013

July 10th: Caught In a Protest

On the night of July 10th my Egyptian project manager tried to rush us into his car following an interview session in Zamelak. He said we weren’t able to go out tonight because the Muslim Brotherhood was protesting on the streets. Eight foreign girls packed in to his car, we sat on each others laps; six in the back and me in the front with a fellow intern. On the way to Sheraton we were laughing and joking with each other and the driver.Continue reading “Thoughts from The Square: July 10, 2013”

Thoughts from The Square: July 7, 2013

Me in Cairo, Egypt at Tahrir Square on July 7, 2013
Jessica in Cairo, Egypt standing in Tahrir Square on July 7, 2013 — days after President Morsi was overthrown.

What is democracy really? The Goliath nation tells it’s people that votes count, that they have a voice and that the government is a squeaky clean representative.Continue reading “Thoughts from The Square: July 7, 2013”

Thoughts from The Square: July 3, 2013

The truth about the overthrow of Morsi from Cairo: July 3rd

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CNN and BBC have been switched off, and Aljazeera is on the verge. Where are the people included in considering the overthrow of president Morsi? The Egyptian people have been the topic of the news media since Thursday and now that their demands have been met, journalists and scholars around the world are trying to discredit their efforts. Nearly 33 million people have flooded to the streets in Cairo and around the world to protest against the “elected” president.Continue reading “Thoughts from The Square: July 3, 2013”

Thoughts from The Square: June 30, 2013

June the 30th: Day one of the Protests

Nefertiti with a gas mask to symbolize female involvement in protests
Nefertiti with a gas mask to symbolize female involvement in protests

The Egyptian people who I have come to know and love are taking to the streets while the interns are told to stay inside. We have two Egyptian friends here with us now and the apartment feels secure. The streets are empty except for the occasional person walking around waiving the nation’s flag.Continue reading “Thoughts from The Square: June 30, 2013”

Thoughts from The Square: June 6, 2013

Egypt Bahebek


It was only my second day in Cairo and I was fortunate to see the Great Pyramids of Giza, ride a camel and realize that the Sphinx is much smaller than they show in the movies.
Even in these few days since my arrival, I have been reminded why there will always be the occasional bad day or an unpleasant encounter. The bad times make the good times that much better. It is not easy to live here but I knew that before I arrived. Continue reading “Thoughts from The Square: June 6, 2013”

Thoughts from The Square: May 30, 2013

One week until departure…

So I am leaving for Cairo in one week. What comes first to mind at this point is the degree of censorship I will experience there, as many people do. I am not sure what I will and will not be able to say or write on these posts about the situation in Egypt.  Continue reading “Thoughts from The Square: May 30, 2013”